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Why Doctors Write

Why Doctors Write

How does writing affect a doctor's practice of medicine? What are the ethics of writing about patients? Should patients be part of the process? Watch the full program broadcast on WGBH -Boston.

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Doctor Priorities vs. Patient Priorities

Doctor Priorities vs. Patient Priorities

The patient cheerfully admitted that he hadn’t been paying attention to his diabetes for the last few years. He’d stopped taking his medicine, stopped seeing his doctors, stopped thinking about the disease altogether. What happens when the patient's priorities and the doctor's priorities conflict?

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Acne

Acne

A young Navajo woman files silently into my office, making no eye contact. As she slips into the chair errant strands of black hair spill across her face. Through the breaches I catch glimpses of her rich dark skin riddled with the pockmarks of severe acne.

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When Doctors Give Patients Money

When Doctors Give Patients Money

We all hear about “health care costs,” a lumbering behemoth that dominates the news. But it is the smaller amounts, literally the pocket money, that often has the strongest effect on the concrete currency of health. Sometimes doctors find themselves in the position of offering their patients a few dollars to help with a co-pay…

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Lots of New Patients, Too Few Doctors

Lots of New Patients, Too Few Doctors

Getting a primary care doctor is hard these days, and will only get harder as more people get insurance via the ACA. This is a "problem" that we should welcome, since it means that more Americans will have access to care. But it won't be an easy problem to solve. Here are some ideas that…

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Ethical Implications of Incidental Findings

Ethical Implications of Incidental Findings

Imagine that you volunteer for memory study and the fMRI also happens to find a life-threatening aneurysm. Your life is saved by the "incidental finding." But what if tumor that may not be serious is incidentally found? The tumor may not be risky, but the surgery to remove it is. You spend the rest of…

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Medicine and Cello on WHYY Radio

Medicine and Cello on WHYY Radio

Danielle discusses fear, shame, and doubt in medicine with WHYY's Maiken Scott. She also mustered courage to play a few bars of Bach--a work most definitely in progress!

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Why Doctors Don’t Take Sick Days

Why Doctors Don’t Take Sick Days

From day one in medical training, the unspoken message is that calling in sick is for wimps. Most doctors ignore their symptoms and resist taking the day off unless they are sick enough to be hospitalized in the next bed over. What explains this toxic brew of denial, ignorance and bravado?

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When Doctors Share With Patients

When Doctors Share With Patients

Doctors often “self-disclose” to patients in an attempt to empathize. But contrary to what might be expected, such self-disclosures often turned out not to be helpful in addressing patients’ concerns or building rapport.

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The Challenge of Diabetes

The Challenge of Diabetes

A diagnosis of diabetes often triggers a flurry of life changes and medical interventions. But diabetes--like all chronic illnesses--is a marathon, not a sprint.

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